Mr. John James is a master instructor with Eastern Kentucky University, an academic partner of the RDPC.
Mr. James has over 25 years of emergency services experience. From 1990-2003, he served simultaneously as a career firefighter, with the rank of lieutenant, and as deputy director of his county emergency management agency. In 2003, Mr. James moved to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency where he served as regional coordinator, deputy director, and interim director. During this time, he worked several major disasters including Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, where he served as state liaison to the Gulf Coast counties of Alabama.
During the tornado outbreak of 2007, Mr. James served as state coordinating officer for state and federal post event recovery activities. In 2008, Mr. James returned to his fire service roots where he serves as a regional coordinator for the Alabama Fire College. In this position, he coordinates the training efforts of both the career and volunteer departments within his area. During the Alabama tornados of April 27, 2011, Mr. James was assigned to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, through a mutual aid agreement, to assist with the response and recovery efforts in one of the most heavily affected areas of Alabama.
Mr. James has served as an instructor for both the fire and emergency management disciplines for several years. He holds certification as an instructor in many fire disciplines, as well as several areas of emergency management. He has taught for the Alabama Fire College and Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Mr. James has taught the following topics: fire instructor, fire inspector, Firefighter I/II, hazardous materials, emergency operation plan (EOP) development and testing and evaluating an EOP. He has also traveled around the country sharing the lessons learned from his disaster experience.
Mr. James has a bachelor of science degree in public safety administration from Athens State University and is a CEM (Certified Emergency Manager), the highest honor of professional achievement awarded to individuals in emergency management.